Business How to Stand Out

How to Stand Out

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In the hyper-competitive business world of the twenty-first century, you might be having a hard time keeping up with the competition. If you’ve been in your business for a while, you’ve been able to watch the shift. In the past, you were probably competing with businesses in your area that were in similar fields and maybe one or two national chains. However, now it feels like you’re competing with every business in the world. That’s not actually the case, but with the spread of the Internet, customers do have the option to shop with businesses from many different locations.

So, how do you make your presence known in your own community? Signage is a great way to stand out from the rest, especially if you have a storefront and/or vehicles.

How to Stand Out

Hand-Painted

The digital age has been a blessing as well as a curse. The inter-connectivity of the world has made doing business so much easier. Everybody can print out a professional business card or commission a sign to hang on the front of his or her storefronts. However, have you noticed that all of the Brisbane signs look the same? That’s probably because so many of them were designed by the business owners themselves and made using completely digital processes.

If you have the option, you should look into hiring designers to create your signs. Being able to design your own signs is nice, but there’s a good reason graphic design is its own job field. Designing something engaging, eye-catching, and effective can be difficult. Designers who are familiar with the actual techniques involved with putting brush to paper are able to design something for you that stands out from the rest. A sign designed by someone who can actually paint will give a unique look that cannot be recreated by other sign makers.

Digital Signs

That is not to say that designing a sign completely on a computer is bad. You have far more options when it comes to designing your signage completely digitally. You can add photos from your business, from your life, or even stock photos.

Many people like to make their company stand out by including their families in the signs. This is only possible with high-quality digital uploads of photos of your family.

Experience

Just like it’s not always the greatest choice to design the sign yourself, you don’t want to pay someone unqualified to design it. Since just about anyone can design some kind of a sign on the internet, certain people try to pass themselves off as skilled designers. You should look for someone who has decades of experience and a proven track record as a designer. That way you know you will be getting a good sign designed by a professional.

Whatever you do to make your business stand out, you should definitely think about your signage. On your cars or on your storefront, it is often the first thing people see. They will remember good signs as well as bad ones. However, you want to be remembered for the right reasons.

How to Stand Out
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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